Stanley Hotel plans to open film center

KUSA – Nearly 40 years after The Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining,” the hotel keeps attracting visitors with its spooky reputation.

The hotel wants to build on it’s eerie charm by building a proposed $24 million horror-themed museum.

“It has this very iconic, but also a little bit spooky, atmosphere but in a really fun way,” said Alexandre Philippe, Stanley Film Center chief creative officer.

The 43,000 sq. ft. facility will include a 500-seat auditorium, interactive museum, rotating exhibits, classrooms, and post-production suites.

Philippe said the center will take advantage of the popularity of all things scary.

“Horror is almost sort of taking over. It’s such a huge component of pop culture. Kids love it. You see kids in zombie walks now. Babies made up like zombies,” he said.

Reed Rowley with the Stanley Hotel said there is no better place to have the museum and film production studio than the hotel that inspired Stephen King.

“We are working off the assumption that this is going to bring hundreds of thousands of new visitors to Colorado, these are year-round visitors, every single year,” said Rowley.

The center will also be a place for newcomers to learn about the horror genre as the Colorado Film School plans to partner with the Stanley.

“Our students would be engaged in experiments and doing test shoots. We’re looking at building dormitories there so we can have long-term boarding to create new work,” said Frederic Lahey, founding director of the Colorado Film School.

The film center founding board includes Hollywood heavyweights like Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg. If all goes to plan, it could open to the public in just a year and a half.

“I feel like we owe it to the millions of fans, we owe it to the state of Colorado to create this location,” said Philippe.

The founding board is part of a group called “Go No-Co”. It’s asking for a state tax credit to help with several big tourist attractions including $11.5 million for the film center. They’re expecting a decision in December.